If I filed a false police report out of anger and depression/anxiety for domestic violence, can I be facing legal problems?

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If I filed a false police report out of anger and depression/anxiety for domestic violence, can I be facing legal problems?

My boyfriend and I got into an argument. I bruise easily and received a bruise when I walked into the open cab nit drawer. I left him alone with our kids and went to work. About an hour later I was still upset and called the police out of anger and spite. He was arrested for a misdemeanor, however I am afraid that since it was a false police report that i may be facing some legal problems.

Asked on August 3, 2012 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you are right to be concerned.  Filing a false police report is a crime under California Penal Code section 148.5.  I would seek legal help as soon as you can on what you can do to not only rectify the terrible wrong to your boyfriend but having some one buffer the legal problems that you are going to face.  Good luck.

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you are right to be concerned.  Filing a false police report is a crime under California Penal Code section 148.5.  I would seek legal help as soon as you can on what you can do to not only rectify the terrible wrong to your boyfriend but having some one buffer the legal problems that you are going to face.  Good luck.


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